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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Fraud email example:

Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 00:00:29 +0200
Subject: From Mrs. Cynthia VandeBerg/Donation

From  Mrs. Cynthia VandeBerg/DonationAbidjan Cote d'IvoireChrist Bethel
Hospital Des Martyrs 44.Avenue06BP.7452 Abidjan RCIReply to:


Dearest Beloved Friend,


How are you and your family? Hope Fine. I am Mrs. Cynthia VandeBerg from
united states of America.And i am a Deaf and cancer woman. I was married to
Late Chief VandeBerg William of a French speaking colony Ivory Coast who was a
contractor with the government of Cote D'Ivoire before he died after few
months now in the hospital over a family witch craft attack for the acts of
jealousy of his wealth.   When my late husband was alive he deposited the
sum of $14.500 Million in the bank here in my country which i will like you to
contact them and ask for the to be transfer into your bank account for you to
use it to help the the less privilaged people,because my Doctor told me that
it is very likely i will die within the next 6 months due to A Blood cancer
{LEUKAMIA}.  I have decided to donate the money for charity since i do
not have a child to inherit it and it better i do not die leaving the money
here without it reaching the poor and the less privilaged ones in the soceity
since i do not want my husband family to inherit this money due to their
wicked deed to my family you see my condition there. As soon as i hear from
you indicating your interest to handle this project and not just to
rêply me i will immediately give you the full contact information of the
bank for you to contact them for the transfer of this money into your bank

Please contact me by Email if you can handle this prohect, and furnish me
with the following details;  [1] Your Full Names[2] Address[3]
Occupation[4] Marital Status[5] Telephone or Fax[6] Age


Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I  Stated here in.
Hoping to receive your response immedaitely.

Thanks and Remain blessed.


Mrs. Cynthia VandeBerg.

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